American Indian Policy Institute

Supporting Tribal sovereignty through examination, exploration and elevation

Shaping communities

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), a college-level unit within ASU’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, focuses on building strong ties to Indigenous urban and rural governments and communities through emerging trends and tribally driven innovative democratic practices. 

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American Indian Policy Institute and National Congress of American Indians Launch the Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced the launch of the Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty, the first and only center in the nation dedicated to providing Tribal governments leadership and communities with the resources and support needed to establish a digital sovereignty plan. This groundbreaking partnership, revealed during the NCAI 2024 Mid Year Convention & Marketplace, marks a significant milestone in supporting Tribal Nations in navigating the complexities of digital sovereignty.

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Indigenous Leadership Academy Spring 2024 Cohort
The Spring 2024 Indigenous Leadership Academy Cohort at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Indigenous Leadership Academy

AIPI is growing emerging Indigenous leaders to aid our communities. Feedback from our program participants and Tribal leaders supports AIPI’s philosophy that the ILA is more than just a local program-it is a national leadership program. Between 2022 and 2023, AIPI has hosted four successful cohorts with two more in 2024. Participants unanimously agree one of the most valuable skills acquired increased confidence when presenting ideas in Indigenous and non-Indigenous spaces. The tools given at the ILA help lay the groundwork for participants to serve as community advocates to implement projects while using Indigenous thought and techniques derived from cultural frameworks that value connectedness and sustainability.

Click Here To Meet the Spring 2024 Cohort 

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Call to Action

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to create the Missing and Endangered Persons (MEP) alert code for the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

June 14, 2024  /  EJ John

On March 14, 2024, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to create the Missing and Endangered Persons (…

Indian Country  Governance


Reauthorization of H.R. 7888 carries substantial implications for Tribal Sovereignty

April 17, 2024  /  EJ John

Earlier this month, H.R. 7888 was introduced to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). This bill includes an amendment…

Legislation  Indian Country


Explainer: BEAD Challenge Process: AZ BEAD Program Update

March 13, 2024  /  EJ John

On March 1, 2024, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) initiated Arizona’s challenge process as required by the Broadband Equity, Access, and…

Broadband  Indian Country  Digital Divide  Legislation  Sovereignty

AIPI acknowledges that the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU sits on the ancestral homelands the Akimel O’odham (Pima). 



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